15 Nigerian judges to face panel for misconduct

15 Nigerian judges to face panel for misconduct

- Fifteen Nigerian judicial officers including 2 chief justices are to face a panel over misconduct practices

- The decision was taken at the 83rd meeting of the National Judicial Council

- The panels will investigate various allegations in the petitions written against the judges

The National Judicial Council (NJC) during its 83rd meeting, has set up 15 panels to probe two state chief justices and 13 other judges accused of misconduct.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, gave this order in a statement released by the council to the public on Monday, October 2, Premium Times reports.

The panels will investigate 46 petitions written against judicial officers in the federal and state judiciaries.

However, the names of the judges affected were not listed in the statement released by the council.

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A statement signed by the director of Information of the NJC, Soji Oye, said the council dismissed 31 petitions, 29 of which it found to be without merit. The remaining two written against Justice J. T. Tsoho of the Federal High Court and Justice O. O. Akeredolu, acting Chief Judge of Ondo state, were withdrawn at the instance of the petitioners.

The statement indicated that the council will investigate the petition written by Azi A. Phillip on behalf of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Plateau state chapter, accusing Justice P. D. Damulak, the immediate past Chief Judge of Plateau State of bias, for failure to make his judgment in Suit No. PLD/J/236/16 delivered on November 4, 2016 available to him till the time he wrote the petition.

The council said it however decided not to constitute an investigative committee to look into the matter because the accused judge had already retired from service and was therefore no longer in the employment of the NJC.

In other cases, the council considered and dismissed petitions written against two other judicial officers for lack of merit. The judges are L. T. C. Eruba – High Court of Justice, Abia state; and Grand Kadi Abdullahi Waiya – Sharia’h Court of Appeal, Kano state.

It also decided to issue two letters of advice to Justice M. A. Dada of the Lagos state high court of justice and Justice Chukwudi Charles Okaa of the Anambra state high court for violation of extant laws in the course of their judicial duties based on petition written against their Lordships by Dayo Adamolekun, Esq. & Ridwanulah Olanite, Esq. and Reverend F. U. Ekavhiare & Associates respectively.

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The council agreed to report Adesina Ogunlana, Esq., to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for misconduct, for the use of uncouth language in a petition written to the NJC against Justice O. O. Atilade, the immediate past Chief Judge of Lagos state.

The council also approved a letter from Zamfara state government approving the recommendation of the NJC for the compulsory removal of Justice Musa Anka from office for receiving a bribe of N200, 000 from Zubairu Abdumalik in order to deliver judgement in his favour.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reports that the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has ordered heads of the divisions of courts to create special courts for corruption and financial crimes cases.

Onnoghen said this directive is to end the unnecessary delay associated with the prosecution of corruption cases.

The CJN also ordered that all lists of pending corruption cases in the various courts be forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC).

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Source: Naij.com

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